Another massive SUV prepares to enter the market.
Mazda has just begun production of the all-new CX-50 crossover, but it's not the only new model we can look forward to in the coming months and years. We recently discovered that Mazda appears to be working on a coupe, but whether this arrives or not, the SUV onslaught will continue with a host of new models. Among them is the CX-80, a more premium version of the existing CX-8. It's unclear if the new SUV will be offered in the US, but we do know that it is destined for Europe. As a huge seven-seater with premium aspirations, we see no reason why it shouldn't be offered in our market.
According to Japanese scoop website Spyder7 - the sister company of which has provided the above render of what the CX-80 might look like - it appears that the CX-80 will be much like other Mazda SUVs, but with a clear focus on increased luxury and style. The report also claims that the new SUV will ride on Mazda's large vehicle platform and will be offered with a variety of 3.0-liter six-cylinder engines. These will be both gasoline and diesel-powered and each type will come with the option of mild-hybrid technology for improved fuel economy. Unfortunately, power figures and more have not yet been leaked or announced.
If the CX-80 does follow the Mazda CX-50's design (pictured above and below) in a larger format, it should be pretty attractive, but it may need to boast unique features to set itself apart, especially since Mazda intends to launch CX-60, CX-70, and CX-90 SUVs. We look forward to seeing just how different these new models will be, but we may have some time to wait yet. The CX-80 is only expected to launch in Japan in 2023, with other markets to follow thereafter. We wouldn't bet on seeing it arrive in the States though; even Honda's latest seven-seater won't be coming to America.